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  • 12/14/2022 4:56 AM | Anonymous

    The CTSA remembers prays for longstanding member David F. Kelly who died on December 9th.

    David F. Kelly attended The College of The Holy Cross and received his PhD from The University of Toronto. He was a Professor of Medical Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Eternal rest grant unto David, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon him.
    May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

  • 12/12/2022 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    My book Moving Into the Ecumenical Future: Foundations of a Paradigm for Christian Ethics, a Pickwick Publication from Wipf and Stock appeared in November. It brings together my backgrounds in moral theology, developmental psychology, and ecumenism. The idea to write came while I was on a retreat at a Trappist monastery. The spiritual thread in the book comes from Saints Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal.

  • 12/12/2022 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    The CTSA hosted the virtual event Synodality and Listening Reports from the Field on Monday, December 5th.  Sixty-nine members attended the event.


    • Kristin Colberg, Associate Professor, St. John's School of Theology and Seminary; Member of the Theological Commission Assisting the Synod of Bishops

    • Stan Chu Ilo, Research Professor of World Christianity and African Studies; Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, De Paul University; Heads the "Doing Theology from the Existential Peripheries Project"

    • Edmund Chia, Sr. Lecturer, co-Director of Interreligious, Australian Catholic University; Former Executive Secretary, Office of ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; Federation of Asian Bishops Conference 

    Moderator:  Elyse Raby, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

    Breakout Questions Directed to Attendees

    What causes perplexity in your region? Or your local church, or classroom, on this,?  What do people need to know in order to become a more synodal church?

    As Stan Chu Ilo framed his question, "How can the synodal process lead to local transformative praxes that avoid asymmetrical power relations? As theologians, what do we do with the stories we have heard?"

    Questions to Panelists upon Return to Large Group

    1.    Where do we go from here; and how do we start now?  How do we keep it local?

    2.     How might the “listening energy” around interreligious dialogue and ecumenism help us with synodality? And vice versa — how might becoming a more synodal church help Catholics in interreligious dialogue and ecumenical conversations?         

    3.     Is there any explanation for the particular resistance to the synodal process on the part of (certain sectors) of the U.S. Church?

    4.     Do you see the Bishops/dioceses continuing with Synodal listening and discernment, or, are you concerned it’s been a “one and done” process?

    5.     How will the dynamics of power (bishops) at the next level receive, effect, or maybe filter the strong gathering of voices that has occurred at this level?  What’s next, and what are the best ways we in our roles as teachers, pastors, CTSA can use our gifts to assure the furtherance of this synodal dynamic going forward?  (Esp. since in many of our dioceses the local bishops did not engage the first stages of the synodal process with much enthusiasm.

    6.     How can the CTSA encourage its members to engage the synod process at the local level?

    7.     How many dioceses in the US participated in the Synodal process in this first phase?  2) How will we know what effect hearing from ‘the peripheries” (LGBTQ, women, NONES, etc.). had on the bishops who are listening to them? Where is that being captured in the process? 3) It causes perplexity that one of the largest dioceses in the US (Detroit) did not participate (Archbishop Allen Vignoran, said “we had a diocesan synod in 2016)

    8.     Most common perplexity: how can synodality unfold without dealing radically with the abuse and its cover up? Next common perplexity: similar concern for queer lives and relationships.

    Chat Comments following Breakout Sessions

    • "The Spirit is out of the bottle; the conversation is not going back."  Where do we as theologians go from here?

    • How could religious be included in the synanodal process?

    • Are there other documents of collected voices from the margins? How do we access them?

    • Arch Vigneron in Detroit says that we had a synod in 2016 so there is no need to participate. Wonder what he would say to Francis when Francis asks about synodality in Detroit? Women religious, social justice groups, the two Jesuit parishes and a few others had listening groups and sent their reports to LCWR and Rome. But what a missed opportunity for the People of God here.

    • “Called to reimagine our ecclesiology” !

    The event was coordinated by the
    Ad hoc Board Committee on Virtual Events

    Elyse Raby, Chair (2021 - 2023)

    Christina Astorga (2022 - 2024)

    Mary Kate Holman (2022 - 2025)

    The Board of Directors offers its sincere appreciation to the presenters and to the Committee for their excellent presentation and development of the event 

    The event was not recorded as recording permissions were not fully granted.

  • 12/07/2022 7:41 PM | Anonymous

    Lumen et Vita's* Spring Graduate Conference 

    "Scripture in the Christian Life: A Source of Inspiration and Conversation."

    Conference Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023

    Keynote speaker: Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, Perkins School of Theology - Southern Methodist University 

    Abstracts are due on January 23rd, 2023 and should be emailed to lumenetvita@bc.eduRemote and virtual attendance and presenting are possible.  Detailed Call for Papers see Spring Conference Call for Papers 2023

    *Lumen et Vita is the graduate theological journal of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

  • 12/01/2022 7:51 AM | Anonymous

    Cheah, Joseph, Anti-Asian Racism: Myths, Stereotypes, Catholic Social Teaching (Orbis Books, Dec.1, 2022).

    Book review by Thomas Hampton, Asbury Theological Seminary:

  • 11/30/2022 10:34 AM | J Matthew Ashley

    Dear friends and colleagues,

      I write in my capacity as a book review editor to ask that you get in touch with me if (a) you enjoy reading academic books in languages other than English, and (b) are willing to entertain a request to review such a book for Theological Studies.  I can't guarantee that you would receive such a request, but I am very much looking to compile a list of theological scholars who have the wherewithal to read and review books in (among others) Spanish, French, German, and Italian.  

    If this appeals to you, could you reach out to me at ?  Thank you in advance for helping me in my work.

    Matt Ashley
    Book Review Editor, Theological Studies

  • 11/28/2022 5:22 PM | Anonymous

    The CTSA remembers and prays for longstanding member Pamela Kirk Rappaport who died on Friday, September 16th.

    Eternal rest grant unto Pamela, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon her.
    May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,

    through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Associate Professor Emerita, Department of Religious Studies at St. John's University, New York

    Services were privately held.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Rev. Patrick S. L. Flanagan, C.M. at St. John's.

  • 11/28/2022 4:54 PM | Anonymous

    Would you like to review a book of your choice?  has posted reviews since 2000.  It is ecumenical in spirit, and includes the various disciplines of theological/religious studies.  There are many advantages for reviewers:  you select the book of interest to you; I send you the book; you email me your review and I will post it within days. At the beginning of every month, I send out a list of books available for reviews through a listserv.   It is a good way to keep in touch with the publications in your field of interest. If you are interested, please write to me at

    CTSA Member Pierre Hegy

  • 11/09/2022 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    The CTSA remembers and prays for longstanding member Donald P. Senior, C.P. who died on Tuesday, November 8.

    Eternal rest grant unto Don, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon him.
    May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,

    through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Living Word or Dead(ly) Letter: A Response to Sandra Schneiders, CTSA Proceedings 47 (1992): 61-68.

    Joyce Duriga, Ed. Father Donald Senior reflects on 60 years of religious life. ChicagoCatholic: Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago (Chicagoland, Wednesday, July 22, 2020). 

    Letter from Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, President, Catholic Theological Union (CTU) and Thomas Brown, Chair of the Board of Trustees to the CTU Community follows:

    Dear CTU Community,

    We share with deepest sorrow that Rev. Donald P. Senior, CP entered eternal life on November 8, 2022.

    With immense gratitude, we celebrate Fr. Don’s life and the extraordinary gifts he embodied as a world-renowned biblical scholar, prolific writer, and extraordinary pastoral leader. Fr. Don’s devotion to his family, to the Passionist Order, and to the extensive CTU community was unmatched.

    More information will be forthcoming on the tremendous impact Fr. Don's life has had on Catholic Theological Union, on theological studies, on faith communities in Chicago and around the world, and on the Catholic Church.

    We rejoice that he now experiences the fullness of God’s love for all eternity. 

    Arrangements are pending.  


    Sr. Barbara Reid, OP
    Thomas Brown
    Chair of the Board of Trustees

  • 11/02/2022 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    Hosted by Jennifer Abe, Loyola Marymount University

    Sponsored by Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education 

    Colleges and universities today aspire to help students to become “whole persons.” But what would it look like if these institutions also committed to helping faculty, staff, and administrators to be whole? 

    Drawing on Jesuit traditions of contemplation, self-examination, discernment, and spiritual care, The Intersection dares to imagine wholeness as a shared good in higher education. It invites listeners to reflect on how the alignment between intellect and affect, between thinking and emotion can be a catalyst for more meaningful work and more meaningful lives.

    Episode 1: On the Challenge and Promise of Being a Whole Person in Higher Education | Listen 

    Director of digital humanities and English professor at Michigan State University, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, and Ryan Duns, a Jesuit priest and theologian at Marquette University, reflect together about obstacles and possibilities related to being whole persons in higher education. How do academic culture and institutional structures hinder people from becoming whole? What practices can promote greater alignment between intellectual work and the affective experiences that bring meaning to our lives? And what conditions can help everyone who works in higher education–faculty, staff, and administrators–to be more fulfilled in their work together?

    Episode 2: The Work of Wondering Listen 
    Chemist Nicole Bouvier-Brown of Loyola Marymount University and poet Philip Metres of John Carroll University explore the power of wonder to help people in higher education become more integrated and fulfilled. What would happen if we consciously placed wonder at the center of all of our work in higher education? How might wonder be shared across the institutional structures that divide staff from faculty, students from administrators? And how can greater attention to the power of wonder help to make everyone in higher education more whole, together? 

    Episode 3: Creativity & Communion Listen 

    Rachel Mindrup, a visual artist at Creighton University Medical School, and Aldo Billingslea, an actor and theater professor at Santa Clara University, explore the relationship between creativity and community. How can creativity help people in higher education to connect to their deepest desires and aspirations? And how can it become the source for nourishing growth into meaningful communities in the context of higher education?

    Episode 4: Accepting the Gifts of Solitude & Mortality Listen 

    Memoirist Howard Axelrod of Loyola University Chicago and religious studies scholar Gary Laderman of Emory University explore how the practice of solitude and the contemplation of mortality can help people to identify horizons of meaning in their lives and in their work. How might the experience of solitude and the contemplation of mortality help people in their search for wholeness? Can a deeper sense of their physical embodiment enable people to become better thinkers? How can examining the boundaries and limits of consciousness help people to live with greater freedom and authenticity?

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